0 Arts & Entertainment The cultural centers are run by self-sustaining, not-for-profit groups. D’Ann Lawrence White , Patch Staff Posted Reply CARROLLWOOD, FL — Paul Berg didn’t know what to expect when Carrollwood Cultural Center opened 10 years ago in the former St. Mark’s Episcopal Church building on Lowell Road. “I’m not sure anybody really had an idea what a cultural center entailed,” said the center’s longtime executive director. “I was given kind of a blank slate.” He attributes the center’s subsequent success to its array of shows, classes, clubs, and exhibitions, and to feedback from patrons. Indeed, the diversity of programming, and an openness to new ideas, might be the center’s strong suits. For example, when someone suggested starting a community chorus, Berg said, “We watched to see if people would show up.” They did. The chorus now has 92 members. Hillsborough County’s two existing cultural centers are known for their daily and weekly offerings: classes, clubs, festivals and performances. Instruction in painting, dance, pottery, yoga and foreign languages take place throughout the year at one or both of the centers. Art created by local residents, from children to seniors, adorn the centers’ walls. Summer camps and year-round visits… Read full this story
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